After over a week off since their last game, the McPherson College baseball team returned to the field on Monday in a KCAC pairing with the Oklahoma Wesleyan University Eagles.
The Bulldogs and Eagles played a double-header at Bulldog Park, but things didn't go quite as planned for the home squad. The Eagles outscored the Bulldogs 33-6 in fourteen innings played, winning game one, 23-4, and then winning the second game 10-2.
In game one, the Bulldogs sent Garrett Ham to the hill for the start. Ham was knocked out of the game after the first inning after the Eagles put up a nine-spot on the home team in the top of the first inning. The nine Eagle runs, only three of them earned, came on six hits, including a solo home run and a grand slam.
Tyler Norris came on in relief of Ham at the start of the second inning. Norris worked the next three and a third, allowing six runs on six hits with three strikeouts and four walks. The final two and two-thirds were spread among Shaun Watson, Jake Herman and Jacob Esch.
On the offensive side of things, the Bulldogs scored their four runs on eight hits, led by a 2-for-4 performance from Brevin Baessler that included a solo homerun and an RBI single. The other two Bulldog runs were driven in on a pair of singles by Kristopher Perez.
After giving up nine runs in the first, the Bulldogs settled down and over the next three innings, allowed just two more runs to the Eagles. In the fifth, things unraveled again, and OKWU put up ten more runs, including another grand slam. Take away those two big innings, and the game is dead even.
In game two, the Bulldogs held their own through the first three innings of play. The Eagles led the Bulldogs 2-0 through three frames, but then scored two in the fourth, two more in the fifth, and then four in the sixth inning to break the game open.
Dylan Marble got the start in game two, getting in four innings of work and giving up four runs on ten hits with a pair of strikeouts and walks. Brett Carter and Jordan Keanini worked the final three innings in relief of Marble. Carter pitched two innings giving up six runs on six hits, while Keanini shut the Eagles out in his inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced.
The Bulldog offense had nine hits in the final game of the day, but only managed to push across two runs. Kyle Lux, Mark Strebin and McCoy Pearcemled the Bulldog offense each with two hits. Pearce had the big hit for the Bulldogs, a solo home run in the fourth inning.
Bulldog head coach, Bryan Moses, summed up the day saying, "Coach Kelley does a great job with his squad. We simply got beat today. We are not a team that makes excuses. Time to get better."
With Monday's losses, the Bulldogs fall to 7-5 overall, and 2-2 in KCAC action. Weather permitting, they will square off against the Eagles again on Tuesday afternoon in a single 9-inning game scheduled to start at 2 p.m.